28 Things

  1. Not everything you need to learn, you learn in kindergarten. I’m sorry, but the guy who said you can learn “everything you need to learn in life, you will learn in kindergarten”, is stupid. You only learn about life by living it. Heck, I’m almost 30 and I still don’t know shit.
  2. Nobody is THAT special. You can be the smartest, most beautiful, or most talented schmuck in your little circle, but there’s always someone who’s smarter, more beautiful, and more talented than you are in the world. No one is indispensible.
  3. Be nice to people. You never know when your paths will cross and how big that person’s influence in your life will be.
  4. Love your family. You might have several disagreements, but your family is, and will always be your family. They will be the ones who will stay when your so-called friends leave you hanging dry.
  5. Have a pet. Treat them like part of the family, but don’t treat them like babies.
  6. Nothing is ever set in stone. Don’t believe in impossible.
  7. It never hurts to have a plan, but…
  8. Sometimes, you have to be prepared to just wing it.
  9. Travel. Travel whenever your budget or time permits it. Soak up the culture of the place. Go where the locals go, eat where the locals eat. Don’t be a tourist.
  10. Live within your means. Save. Don’t splurge but don’t be too frugal either. Treat yourself once in a while.
  11. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you can do something about a problem, do everything humanly possible to solve it. If you already did your best, and you still can’t solve it, leave it to God’s (or Allah’s, Buddha’s, Faith’s, The Universe’s, Tom Cruise’s, or whatever-Supreme-Being-you-believe-in’s) hands.
  12. You are not invincible. Don’t think you’re going to be healthy forever. Invest in your health, not on washboard abs.
  13. Always try to be a better version of yourself every day. Even in small things, always strive to be a better you.
  14. Sleep.
  15. If you make mistakes, take steps to redeem yourself.
  16. Make time for those who mean a lot to you.
  17. Don’t let a small argument ruin a great friendship.
  18. Never regret spending money on two things: Food, and Books.
  19. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. As Kurt Vonnegut said, “Unannounced changes in life’s itineraries are like dancing lessons from God.”
  20. Everything’s a miracle.
  21. Read. Write. Draw. Do something creative. Let me rephrase; Read a lot, write a lot, draw a lot. I can’t stress this lesson enough.
  22. Always try to look for something to be grateful for.
  23. Find what you love and pursue the hell out of it. Don’t ever, EVER give up.
  24. “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca
  25. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Probably one of the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned.
  26. Not everyone will like you. Deal with it.
  27. Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” – Michael Caine.
  28. Don’t depend on others (or some list on the internet) to tell you how to live. Live your own life. Savor both the great, and the shitty parts of it. Because in the end, it’s your experiences that shape who you are, and what tiny influence you might leave after you bite the dust.
28 Things

Birthday Boy

Twenty six.

Damn, I feel old.

Like old birthdays, I didn’t celebrate this one with an awesome orgy of flowing beer and artery-clogging pulutan; instead, I spent it applying for a job. Yes, a job that thousands of people aspire for; and pays for almost next to nothing, it’s almost illogical. But instead of complaining of how miserable and failure-ridden my life is, being a year older gave me enough maturity to be grateful of the simple gifts that life brings.

Like the Laker’s outstanding win over the Suns in Game 5 of their conference finals series. Or how the weather changed from hellishly hot to relatively cool with refreshingly gentle rain.

It’s also nice to spend time with friends that you haven’t seen for a while and have an engaging conversation about anything, even about inane things, over overpriced coffee.

I also spent a small slice of my dwindling resources on a book by Neil Gaiman (Fragile Things) which I am currently enjoying because it is a collection of his short stories, which is perfect for the kind of attention span I have, and his style of writing.

I’m also thankful for the bunch of greetings I got through calls, SMS, and the internet, some of which from friends from ages ago. This phenomenon changed my perception and I now believe that Facebook is actually good for something. I also got virtual gifts from people from The Man Blog, most of which involved Jericho Rosales and Boy Abunda.

But what I’m most thankful for is for having someone who loves and understands me, for the different moods and for all the imperfections that I have (naks!).

On a totally unrelated note:

After dropping off a resume in a hospital I already went to for a thousandth time, we decided to go to a mall to window shop and, if budget permits, buy something for ourselves. As soon as we entered the mall, a couple of feet away, there’s this lady who started having a seizure. It’s like faith put us there to do something about her condition. What do you think we did?

Birthday Boy